More than 900,000 people in the UK are currently living with dementia, and they all have one thing in common – every one of them deserves caring, compassionate individuals to help meet their care needs. Although working with dementia sufferers can be challenging, there’s no greater reward than knowing that you’re helping to improve the happiness and quality of life of people suffering from this condition.
Dementia Awareness Level 2 is specially designed for learners who’d like to pursue a career caring for dementia sufferers in a health and social care role, or progress to level three qualifications. It’s person-centred, which means you’ll be focusing on how to involve the individual in their care needs as much as possible, considering their personal preferences and requirements.
In this Level 2 Dementia Care course, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of what the condition is, along with the kinds of experiences a sufferer might have. You’ll find out how to support individuals with dementia to improve their well-being and reach their full potential, along with how to communicate effectively with them depending on their abilities. You’ll find out how to maintain an individual’s right to privacy, dignity, and respect when supporting them, how to work as a team with other carers and professionals to provide the very best care, and much more. And, as you learn all this and more, you’ll be able to study in your own time, at your own pace.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Dementia Awareness
In unit one, you’ll gain an understanding of exactly what dementia is, and the key functions of the brain that are commonly affected by the condition. You’ll study the difference between age-related memory impairment and dementia, along with why the two are often confused. Additionally, you’ll examine the most common causes of dementia along with possible risk factors, along with some of the negative attitudes that persist in society towards the condition.
Unit 2 - The Person-centred Approach to the Care and Support of Individuals with Dementia
In unit two, you’ll learn exactly what’s meant by a ‘person-centred approach’, and the benefits of working in such a manner. You’ll examine what the role of carer involves, the value of developing a professional working relationship with carers, along with other sources of support you might find yourself working alongside, such as doctors and nurses. You’ll find out how to access additional support should you need it.
Unit 3 - Understand the factors that can influence dementia and interaction with individuals who have dementia
In the third unit, you’ll discover the ways in which dementia can affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact, along with other issues they might experience such as behavioural and personality changes. You’ll find out how to identify the communication strengths and abilities of a person with dementia, and how to adapt your own communication accordingly, as well as ensure you can facilitate positive interactions.
Unit 4 - Understand equality, diversity, and inclusion in dementia care
In this unit, you’ll learn about the concepts of equality, diversity, and inclusion, and their importance when using person-centred approaches in care and support. You’ll also consider ways of working with a range of individuals with dementia to ensure diverse needs are met.
Unit 5 - Understand the Administration of Medication to Individuals with Dementia
Within this unit you’ll understand the common medicines given to individuals with dementia. You’ll learn how to provide person-centred care to individuals with dementia through the appropriate and effective use of medicines.
Unit 6 - Understand Behaviour in the Context of Dementia
In unit five, you’ll learn about behaviour as a means of communication, how to respond to behaviours associated with dementia, and why some people with dementia will need additional emotional support.
Unit 7 - Understand the Benefits of Engaging in Activities in Social Care
In the final unit, you’ll learn about the positive impact of activity on physical, mental, and social wellbeing for dementia sufferers, and how activity can be the basis for a model of care and support in a diverse range of settings.
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At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.
How is this course assessed or examined?
The assessment methods of this course require a portfolio of evidence. This qualification is internally assessed and externally quality assured.
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
This is a regulated qualification that is internally assessed and externally quality assured. Staff involved in the assessment and of this qualification are able to demonstrate that they have the relevant occupational knowledge and competence, at the same level or higher as the units being evaluated.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English. There is a minimum study age of 16.